By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 23, 2012 at 1:30PM
After the Oscar show, while the 1,500 guests of the Governors Ball will not be sitting down to dinner--the Academy is feting them buffet style this year--they will be treated to a performance by music legend Tony Bennett. Academy president Tom Sherak calls the 85-year-old crooner "that rare artist who truly reaches across generations. Welcoming him to the Ball is an honor and privilege." More on Bennett below (along with a video of him singing with Norah Jones):
Bennett, who recently celebrated his 85th birthday, made music history last September when his "Duets II" album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, distinguishing him as the oldest artist to achieve the top position. Earlier this month he won his 16th and 17th Grammy® Awards: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Duets II" and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Body and Soul," recorded with the late Amy Winehouse. Bennett earned his first Grammy in 1962 for "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."
Bennett also is a two-time Emmy® Award winner, a Kennedy Center Honoree and an NEA Jazz Master. His dozens of albums have sold millions of copies worldwide.